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Thomas Robinson could get time at small forward for the Kings

Oct 7, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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The Kings are apparently thinking about going with a super-big lineup. From the Sacramento Bee:

Don’t rule out Thomas Robinson seeing time at small forward during the preseason. During one 5-on-5 session, Robinson was the small forward with Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins the other frontcourt players. Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton were the other players on the squad. That squad beat a team of Isaiah Thomas, John Salmons, Willie Reed, Francisco Garcia and Cyril Awere. The final score was 7-2.

Robinson was also at small forward during the session open to the media Tuesday in Sacramento.

via Kings Blog and Q&A: Thomas Robinson at small forward and other practice notes.

The question there is whether Robinson has the lateral speed to keep up with small forwards. He’d have to be matched up against similar big lineups. Basically, if it’s against the Hornets, that could work. But it’s a weird lineup because it’s essentially three non-tall-for-their-position players in one lineup. If Robinson has some range, though, that would help tremendously.

Additionally, that lineup would have all of the rebounds, ever. Maybe that’s the plan. Get all of the rebounds, and then just let Thomas and Thornton shoot over and over again.

  1. readysethike - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    t.rob is physical enough to play the 4…but hes undersized like kenneth faried and im not sure if hes as athletic…

    • lucaslatronico - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      He is not undersize to play the 4, he is 6″10

      • stadix093 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        I was at Las Vegas summer league and there is 0 chance he is 6 foot 10. He was as small as the small forwards and even though he is muscular, he got pushed out to 10-15 feet all day. He reminds me of Michael Beasley without the jump shot, and that is not good. I’m not trying to hate, I hope he succeeds and all, I’m just saying I think this guys going to be a bit of a bust.

  2. money2long - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    seems like when you’re a rookie coaches are always going to tinker with your place in the lineup, even if it means playing out of your natural position. i’ve seen durant play the 2…dwight was a power forward his rookie yr…lebron experimented full time as point guard, although when i think about it, he still may be the 1 in miami lol

  3. readysethike - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    cmon man…hes 6’7 at best with shoes on…don’t believe 2k13

    • lucaslatronico - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

  4. jonesy1155 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Yeah at the draft combine he was barely 6’8 with shoes. 6’6 and 3/4 without shoes

  5. bucsnsincity - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    If TRob can really play ball, it won’t matter if hes 6’8″ or 6’10”, Thabeet is what 7’3″ where is he now? Sir Charles was around 6’6″ and the man was a beast! Just remains to be seen.

    • stadix093 - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      Well said sir.

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